Friday, November 4, 2011
The other day while playing with the dogs across the street at Haliburton Farm I noticed that there were new buds on the tree peony in front of the house. This plant has been blooming all summer but it seemed to have begun again even as the frost came on. I felt it was my duty to rescue these buds and bring them into my kitchen to see what they might do. They seemed to have been affected by the cold as they didn't open up quite the way they usually do.
This back view shows what was happening. The inner parts is ready to see the world but the petals are still stuck together in front. This one did finally open but within hours the stamens began dropping, followed quickly by the petals. But what a beautiful sight to see its life force pushing through!
I'm glad I rescued these flowers even if it was only for a short burst of beauty.